Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
The majority of our tour groups consist of between 2 and 10 people. Having a small group size not only means we can offer a more personalised service, but it also gives us access to more destinations, activity and accommodation options.
You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us – all walks and activities are optional and there is something for everyone.
Each group is accompanied by a Local Tour Leader to inform, enthral and entertain you with facts, stories and unbelievable insight into the local culture. They will also book your accommodation and recommend top notch things to do every step of the way. Our guides are consistently one of the most highly-rated features of our trips – just ask any traveller of ours! They will become a good friend and source of support to you.
Our travellers come from all over the world, so unfortunately we can’t include a standard airfare. We can help you find great flights though. Simply get in touch and we will help you find the best deal to suit your travelling plans.
We offer gap year & adventure tours for young travellers aged between 18 and 39 from all over the world. Whether you’re travelling solo or with a close friend, you’ll meet heaps of awesome people during the tour.
Absolutely, that’s the beauty of our small group travel. You will make friends quickly with other fellow travellers and your Tour Leader will become a good source of support to you along the way too!
Western food is sparse outside the main centres so come open-minded about eating local food. At our stops we will recommend tasty restaurants but when you get into local villages and homestays be prepared to eat simple local fare, with maybe the odd wild-card ingredient (which is part of the fun!). Supermarkets are not the norm but we will point out places where you can stock up on food for the day. Depending on what you eat, you can spend $5 – 15 a day on food.
Please note vegetarian meal options may at times be limited for choice but there is always rice, noodles and soups, and excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
First step – please check with your bank as to whether you have sufficient funds or if there is a block on international transactions.
If your bank says there shouldn’t be a problem their end, then send us an email or message us via Facebook Messenger (instant reply), or give us a call.
There is no travel insurance cover included in the price of a GRABATOUR Trip but adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory to travel with us.
Our preferred insurance provide is World Nomads Travel Insurance which is available to people from over 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
– If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 20% deposit. Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.
– The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay the full amount of the tour fee.
If you need to amend your start date, contact us! Amendments to bookings are subject to availability.
When making amendments a new tour start date must be selected. The new tour start date must be within 6 months of the original tour start date. If we’re able to change your start date we’ll send you a revised Booking Confirmation.
– Amendments outside 40 days prior to tour start date will incur a $50 date change fee.
– Amendments made 40 – 14 days prior to tour start date will incur a $100 date change fee.
– If it’s within 14 days then there will be a $200 charge.
Read more: Booking Policy.
Australia: You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday in Australia and you may be asked to show evidence of this upon arrival. We suggest arriving in Australia with an equivalent of at least AU$5000 if you plan on staying in Australia for at least a few months. The amount you need will depend upon your travel plans and the length of stay in Australia.
South East Asia: All activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included in the price so you’ll just need money for some other meals or drinks.
The amount of money you should bring will depend upon the total length of your holiday and your spending habits. It’s very easy to get by in Vietnam for as little as $20 per day. This will cover your food, basic accommodation and having fun. However, try and budget for at least $50 per day – it’s a once in a lifetime trip, so make the most of it.
Southeast Asia: We provide a personal airport meet and greet on all our trips. You’ll get detailed info on where to go and who to meet once you book.
Australia: We’ll pre-arrange your Airport Shuttle and email you a voucher with details instructions and contact number in case you get stuck. Your driver will be waiting at the ‘Meeting Point’ in the Sydney Airport arrivals area, just outside the customs area. You’ll be dropped-off at your hostel in no time.
We use English as a main language for our trips, and in the majority of places we visit the locals speak English. We’ll also teach you some keywords and phrases to help you get by and have more fun!
Please note that the below information is of a general nature and visa requirements can change, so it’s always best to check with your local embassy or consulate before travelling. If you’re unsure of your visa requirements or need further help just contact us.
The visa you choose will depend on the country you are from, how long you’d like to stay in Australia and whether you plan to work here. Here are your options:
– Tourist Visa
– 12-month Working Holiday Visa – Ages 18 – 30 years old (or up to 35 depending on your nationality).
For tourist visas or other visa options, please click here.
In some cases, yes, and the process is very easy! Citizens of 41 diﬀerent nationalities, including Australia, NZ, USA, UK and most of Europe, can enter Thailand without a pre-arranged visa. This ‘visa exemption’ allows you to stay 30 days when entering Thailand by air, and 15 days when crossing into Thailand by land. Without proof of an onward ticket and suﬃcient funds for your expected stay any visitor can be denied entry, but in practice this is a formality that is rarely checked.
Check out our guide to get a visa for Thailand.
If you are looking into our Grabatour Vietnam trip then this should point you into the right direction on how to get a visa for travel in Vietnam.
There are 3 options to obtain your visa:
Option 1: Apply in person or via post at your nearest embassy – means less hassle when arriving in Vietnam, but more expensive.
Option 2: Get a visa on arrival, which requires a visa invitation letter issued by an authorised agent before you leave home – seems a little easier and is also cheaper, but you’ll need to queue up when landing to actually have your visa issued.
Option 3: Apply for an E-Visa online – this is only available to certain nationalities and does not permit you to enter Vietnam through all entry points, only selected ones.
Generally no visa is required for travel to Vietnam lasting up to 15 days only if you are from one of the following countries: UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.
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It’s best to arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. If you do arrive early we’ll still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. Extra nights will be approx. £8 / $15 per night for a multi-share room and can be pre-paid with your agent or paid on arrival.
It’s important to check your visa requirements before entering Vietnam.
Some nationalities including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway can enter Vietnam without a visa for a maximum of 15 days.
Other nationalities or those wishing to stay longer than 15 days need a visa for Vietnam and have two options:
Option 1: Apply for a one month visa at a Vietnamese Consulate nearest to you before you arrive. This requires submitting an application form along with your passport, passport photos and paying a fee, which starts at $60USD for a single entry one month visa. Please allow at least 2 weeks processing time for this visa.
Option 2: Apply for a Visa Invitation Letter that is emailed to you, which you then print and bring with you to Vietnam. This letter allows you to fly into Vietnam and pick up your Visa on Arrival (VOA) at the airport. This VOA is for one month and is at a cost of $25USD for a single entry and $50USD for a multiple entry and needs to be paid in USD cash on arrival in Vietnam. There are a variety of websites that will provide you this Visa Invitation letter such as www.myvietnamvisa.com They will require you to submit an online application form and pay a fee of approx. $20USD. Please allow at least 4-5 working days processing time for the Visa Invitation Letter.
A VOA is not available to those arriving into Vietnam overland. If you plan on arriving overland you’ll need to go with Option 1.
Please note that while the above information is currently accurate, visa rules can often change so it’s always best to double-check before departing. If you’re unsure of your visa requirements or need any help just contact us.
Yes. Lots of people who go to Vietnam are travelling solo. But by doing Grabatour Vietnam you’ll be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet people and make friends!
It’s always a good time to go travelling in Vietnam. Most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and possibly some rain. It’s usually quite hot and humid most of the time, but it can occasionally get cold, especially in the north of Vietnam between November and February, so it’s always best to bring a couple of warm layers with your summer clothing.
All your activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included with GRABATOUR Vietnam, so you’ll just need money for some meals, drinks, shopping and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least £300 / $500 spending money.
It’s best to take a Visa or Master Card debit, credit or travel money card. There are ATM’s available throughout Vietnam so it’s easy to get access to cash. Some places accept credit card but not all.
All accommodations we stay at have free Wi-Fi available. Vietnam’s network quality is often lower than you’re used to but you can generally connect and do basic stuff.
We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. It’s generally quite hot in Vietnam so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun. There is luggage storage at the airport or at some accommodations if needed.
Vietnam generally uses a flat or round 2 pin socket the same as most of Europe. It’s always best to grab yourself an appropriate adaptor if needed before you go.
The tour begins in Hanoi so you would look to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport. However, the tour ends in the south in Ho Chi Minh City so ideally you would look to fly out of HCMC International Airport! Sometimes though it is cheaper to do a return ticket in and out of Hanoi so if that’s the case just give yourself an extra day at the end of the tour and you can jump on an internal flight up to Hanoi to catch your flight home.
Generally, our tour dates for Grabatour Vietnam run every 2/3 weeks on Mondays throughout the year with a short break in February and over New Year. They are released approximately 11 months in advance, so for plans far in the future just be sure to check in with us around then to see the exact dates.
Grabatour Vietnam is limited to people aged between 18 – 39 years of age. We welcome people from any country. We accommodate solo travellers, couples as well as small groups of mates.
Vietnam is a safe place to visit, as long as you follow some basic health and safety guidelines and have respect for the local people and culture. The most common dangers in Vietnam are sunburn, dehydration and hangovers, however travelling in a group with Grabatour Vietnam makes it even safer! Our tour guides have travelled extensively, and will share their experience, local knowledge hangover-cures with you.
Travel Insurance for Vietnam is compulsory to join Grabatour Vietnam. Your Group Leader will ask to see proof of your cover before your trip begins. You can organise a quote and policy for yourself here: Travel Insurance.
After booking you’ll be contacted by the reservations team, who you can email with your questions at any time. We’ll email you a confirmation of your booking and then all you have to do is arrange travel insurance, visa and your flight to Vietnam – we’ll take care of the rest! Two weeks before your start date we’ll also send out the “Grabatour Vietnam Brochure” file with heaps more info for you!
No worries, if your flights are delayed just email us or give us a ring/email us and we’ll adjust your booking.
Nobody wants a portion of food or a bite from a mosquito to ruin the trip of a lifetime … so plan ahead and get your vaccinations sorted before you make the trip. This is a rough guide to want you have to plan against with Vietnam in mind and some of the vaccinations listed are taken care of during childhood so check with your GP before you go and book anything, just to make sure you need the jabs!
Hepatitis A and B – two separate diseases with a vaccination that can be taken together or separately. Both diseases are pretty awful so tick this one off!
Typhoid – highly recommended and transmitted by dodgy food or water. Get it and forget about it!
Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria – It’s best to have an updated tetanus jab and the others come along with the package.
Measles Mumps and Rubella – one of the childhood immunisations that you might not need so check your immunisation record with your GP.
Flu – get a flu shot if you think it’s necessary or ask your doctor for more information.
Malaria – inland Vietnam has malaria whilst the coast doesn’t.
There are a couple more that can be recommended but aren’t essential so we’ll say it again – check with your GP!
Ideally, you should organise all this plus a trip to your GP (General Pratitioner) 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Some vaccination need 2 or more shots.
It’s best to arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities on the first day, so you can arrive at any time. If you do arrive early we’ll still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. Extra nights will be approx. £25 / $45AUD per night for a twin room and can be pre-paid with your agent or paid on arrival.
Most nationalities including the UK, Europe, Australia, NZ, Canada, USA, Scandinavia and Brazil will usually receive a 30-day visa exemption on arrival for free.
If you would like a longer tourist visa or are not eligible for the visa exemption you can apply for a visa at your nearest Thai consulate prior to entering Thailand. If you’re unsure of your visa requirements or need any help just contact us on our website.
Yes. Lots of people who go to Thailand are travelling solo. But by doing Grabatour Thailand you’ll be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet people and make friends!
Grabatour Thailand is limited to people aged between 18 – 39 years of age. We welcome people from any country. We accommodate solo travelers, couples as well as small groups of mates.
It’s always a good time to go travelling in Thailand. Most months of the year you will experience both sunshine and possibly some rain. It’s usually quite hot and humid most of the time, There is a slightly higher chance of rain around October and November, however it usually only rains for an hour or so which can be a nice relief from the heat.
All your activities, accommodation, transport and some meals are included with Grabatour Thailand, so you’ll just need money for some meals, drinks, shopping and any onward travel. We recommend you bring at least £300 / $500 spending money.
It’s best to take a Visa or Master Card debit, credit or travel money card. There are ATM’s available throughout Thailand so it’s easy to get access to cash. Some places accept credit card but not all.
All accommodations we stay at have free Wi-Fi available. Thailand’s network quality is often lower than you’re used to but you can generally connect and do basic stuff.
We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 10-20kgs of stuff should be plenty. It’s generally quite hot in Thailand so dragging around a huge suitcase is not much fun. There is luggage storage at the airport or at some accommodations if needed.
Thailand generally uses a flat or round 2 pin socket the same as most of Europe. It’s always best to grab yourself an appropriate adaptor if needed before you go.
The tour begins in Bangkok so you would look to arrive at either of the two International Airports, Don Mueng or BKK. BKK is the new one and is a little closer to the city but arriving at either one is fine. Flights are generally cheaper if you were to get a return flight from Bangkok, you would just have to make your way back to Bangkok from Koh Phangan once the tour is over!
Generally, our tour dates for Grabatour Thailand run on every second Monday apart from a short break over the holiday period in December. The dates are released approximately 20 months in advance, so for plans far in the future just be sure to check in with us around then to see the exact dates.
Travel Insurance is compulsory to join Grabatour Thailand. Your Group Leader will ask to see proof of your cover before your trip begins. You can organise a quote and policy for yourself here.
After booking you’ll be contacted by the reservations team, who you can email with your questions at any time. We’ll email you a confirmation of your booking and then all you have to do is arrange travel insurance, visa and your flight to Thailand – we’ll take care of the rest! Before your start date we’ll also send out the digital Grabatour Brochure with heaps more info for you!
No worries if your flights are delayed, just email us or give us a ring. We will let the guest house know and arrange an adjusted airport pick up!
Things can change and we’ll do our best to help. Check out our full booking policy here.
Your Grabatour Thailand Tour Leaders will do their best to keep you safe and healthy in Thailand. However, one dodgy mosquito bite or a bad case of the runs could ruin your holiday (and your pulling-potential!), so it pays to take a few sensible precautions. The following is a rough guide for vaccinations in Thailand, so we suggest seeing a GP with expertise in travel medicine who can review your individual health issues.
Don’t forget to ask for numbing cream if you’re worried about pain from the injection.
You are strongly recommended to have Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep-A sucks big-time!)
You may also need Typhoid vaccination (Good for nasty stomach bugs)
Rabies pre-exposure vaccination may be an option, but not essential
Malaria isn’t common the areas we visit, but stock-up on bug-spray in Bangkok as there are other diseases such as Dengue that are more common.
Ideally you should organise all this about 4-6 weeks before departure, but it is never too late.
Yes, anyone can book this tour. Depending on your purpose to travel to Australia there are various visa options.
If you are planning to work in Australia, you are probably looking at getting a Working Holiday Visa. However, they are limited to certain nationalities and age groups. You must be aged between 18 – 31 years and be a passport holder of the UK, USA, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Vietnam or Sweden.
If you are not a passport holder of any of the above countries, you may still participate in our Oz Adventure program, however you cannot undertake any paid work whilst in Australia and we would replace the work and mail support components of the tour with additional fun activities for you.
Yes, you need a visa to enter Australia. The visa you choose will depend on the country you are from, how long you’d like to stay in Australia and whether you plan to work here. Here are your options:
3-month Tourist Visa
6-month Tourist Visa
12-month Working Holiday Visa – Ages 18 – 30 years old
For visa options, you can visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit
Travelling to Australia with Grabatour is easy! Here’s what you need to do:
Arrange a Working Holiday Visa if you’d like to work in Oz or a tourist visa if you’d like to travel only.
Book your Grabatour Australia trips & tours.
Book your flights to Australia.
Arrange a travel insurance policy by clicking here.
Pack your bag, grab your passport & camera and jump on that plane!
You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday in Australia and you may be asked to show evidence of this upon arrival. We suggest arriving in Australia with an equivalent of at least AU$5000. The amount you need will depend upon your travel plans and the length of stay in Australia.
Grabatour Australia is designed to help you make friends as soon as you arrive in Australia! Most people doing Grabatour Australia arrive alone and stay in touch with friends from the group for the rest of their trip. You’ll spend your first week having loads of fun and getting to know each other. After the week is up we can advise you on how to find a shared apartment in Sydney or continue travelling Australia together.
We recommend that you book your Grabatour package sooner than later as dates do book out, but no worries if you’re late to make plans, we can help you out with last minute arrival arrangements.
After booking you’ll be contacted by a Work & Travel Expert at Grabatour who you can email with your questions at any time. We’ll email you a confirmation of your booking with accommodation details and an Airport shuttle bus voucher. All you have to do is book your flights and we’ll take care of the rest!
We’ll pre-arrange your Airport Shuttle and email you a voucher with details instructions and contact number in case you get stuck. Your driver will be waiting at the ‘Meeting Point’ in the Sydney Airport arrivals area, just outside the customs area. You’ll be dropped-off at your hostel in no time.
No worries if your flights are delayed, just email us or give us a ring. We will let the hostel know and arrange an adjusted airport pick up!
Plans can change and we’ll try to help as much as we can. Click here to read our full booking policy.
Yes, its very important. Travel insurance is not included in your package but can be arranged easily by clicking here.
Our Work & Travel Experts have been everywhere and seen everything in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji & Southeast Asia! We can plan or book everything for you and are happy to give you unbiased travel advice! No matter where you want to go and how you want to get there we’ll be able to help plan out the adventure of a lifetime for you!
In Australia, Health and Safety laws require that workers in certain professions (including Hospitality & Construction) undergo compulsory basic training and become certified to be eligible for employment. All hospitality staff must hold certification known as an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) before being eligible for employment on licensed premises. You will also need RGS (Responsible Gambling Services) certification to work in premises with gambling facilities. To work on a construction site it is a requirement that you hold an OH&S General Induction Certificate or “White Card” as it’s commonly known. We can book you onto all necessary training courses after Grabatour Australia.
Medicare is Australia’s governmental public health policy. If you are on a Working Holiday Visa you may be eligible to be covered by Medicare for the duration of your stay in Australia. Medicare is an add on, not a replacement for any other insurances you may have so you still need to have valid travel insurance! Citizens of the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand are covered for the duration of their approved visa time in Australia. Citizens of Malta and Italy are covered by Medicare for a period of 6 months from their date of arrival in Australia. All other countries unfortunately are not eligible for Medicare support but as long as you have travel insurance you’ll be covered!
Yes. We can help you find a great place to live around the city for the duration of your stay. There are flats, apartments, serviced apartments and houses available for rent in a variety of Sydney suburbs. Stay 4 weeks to 1 year spending an average of $175-$350 per person per week.
To obtain a 2nd year visa extension, you must complete three months (or 88 days) of work in a regional part of Australia. Grabatour Team can assist you in your 2nd year visa jobs search and lots of 2nd year visa jobs are available on https://www.backpackerjobboard.com.au/
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As a working holidaymaker in Australia you may be eligible to receive a tax refund. Our tax refund experts will help you with everything, so you’ll get the maximum refund possible. When you leave Australia, we can also help you claim your superannuation refund too.